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Introduction: Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Gone too soon in 2014 at the age of 86, Dr. Angelou’s legacy lives on through the words she used to eloquently, powerfully, and honestly express emotions, capture experiences, and spread hope.

She is considered one of the most influential voices of her time.


A Song Flung Up to Heaven (Random House, 2002)
All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (Random House, 1986)
The Heart of a Woman (Random House, 1981)
Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (Random House, 1976)
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1970) Gather Together in My Name (Random House, 1974)

Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? (Random House, 1983)

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House, 1994) And Still I Rise (Random House, 1978)
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (Random House, 1975)
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971)

And Still I Rise (1976)
Ajax (1974)
The Least of These (1966)
Cabaret For Freedom (1960)

Even the Stars Look Lonesome (Random House, 1998)
Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House, 1993)

Analysing and Appreciating Poetry

Poetry has long been a means to express observations, opinions, emotions and ideas. In Analysing and Appreciating Poetry, explore some of the formats and devices of poetry, and uncover an appreciation for the use of language and theme. Classic examples from renowned poets from different eras are used to illustrate many different types of poetry and the rich use of figurative language. Discover the benefits of both reading and hearing a poem, and experience the connection between poetry and the world around you. From the rhyme and meter of a sonnet to all the possibilities of free verse, students will enjoy this exploration into one the most expressive forms of literature.

SOURCE: ClickView (2007), Rated E, Duration 22:27 mins

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